The Sculpture’s advanced plastic vocabulary

“Few recent solo exhibitors have so completely established a presence at this venue as Paul Smith. It would be difficult to remain indifferent to this show. The most singular distinguishing characteristic is the sculptor’s advanced plastic vocabulary” 2001 August – Derby Evening TelegraphFull Review of Buxton Solo Show John Fineran, Derby Evening Telegraph

Sensual and funny

“I particularly liked Feathered Friends by Paul Smith. It manages to be both sensual and funny” 2002 May – Kensington TimesPictures and text regarding work at the Chelsea Art Fair Nadia Warner

Rooted in the figurative tradition

“Paul Smith’s art is firmly rooted in the figurative tradition but at the same time goes well beyond representation” 2004 September – Ceramic ReviewFull review of Cambridge Solo Show. Also reviews in Cambridge Evening News and Arts East Dr Alan Borg CBE FSA, Director of Victoria & Albert Museum (1995-2001)

Magical art, pure humorous and strong

“At a time when so much contemporary art is meaningless, self-absorbed, visually dull, it is a joy to see the work of Paul Smith and Nicola Slattery. They celebrate a largeness of spirit, an innocence and delight in the infinite possibilities of being human. This is magical art, pure, humorous and strong.” <br /><br /> […]

Wonderful and amusing pieces of work

British clay artist Paul Smith takes ancient myths and tales, some of which are as old or older than ceramics itself, and weaves them into wonderful and amusing pieces of fine art. In my opinion, I think Paul’s work really stands out. Elsewhere on this site, I have written more about Smith and how he […]

My name is Bear…

Hello, I just wanted to send you a photo of one of your gorgeous sculptures that we bought from Pyramid Gallery in York. My surname was Bear and my partner’s nickname is Penguin. We saw the sculpture a year and a bit ago and we both fell in love with it. We couldn’t justify the […]

Please forgive my impertinence

Dear Paul, please forgive my impertinence however, I’ve just spent a delightful afternoon with Peter and Jean Goodfellow from the Lost Gallery. I got a wee bit carried away and bought six of your miniatures to go with the War Horse and Pony I purchased from them several years ago. I don’t buy toys for […]

They give me joy

I’ve loved seeing all your work in one coherent stream. A brilliant idea at this odd time. I have to say that having some of your sculpture in the house is like having little spaces filled with love. They give me joy everyday always, and especially now. Hannah T

Polar Bear for the big boy, and his fiancé

My nephew is meant to have married his beautiful fiancé in Greece this month, however, due to Covid-19 this has been put on hold. My mother was upset as she is now 83, and was looking forward to the big day. Sadly, in May my beloved Mama was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Mama decided that […]